you complete me

There is only one thing in my kids’ mind when you ask them about their ultimate comfort food… it’s lasagna. (See below if you want to know my lasagna recipe). And what is lasagna without cheese, lots of cheese? My fridge is never without cheeses… cream cheese, quick melt cheese, cheddar and mozzarella.

Cheese makes everything delightful. It is so FLAVORFUL, so good, so addicting. It is so versatile too. It could be an appetizer, a dip, mixed with desserts and great for baking/cooking. Just thinking about it makes me want to grab for some bread right now and make a grilled cheese sandwich. Cheese… you complete me. Yum!

How about you? What’s your ultimate comfort food?


My lasagna recipe. (I’m sure i already blogged about this but i’m sharing it again)

As a busy mom, i oftentimes make shortcuts when cooking. So i use ready bake lasagna sheets and store bought spaghetti sauce when i cook the ground meat. I sometimes make use of mozzarella sheets if i have them. It’s not often available so grated mozzarella is the next best thing. If out of mozzarella or on a budget? I also make use of quick melt cheese.

For the white sauce. Just melt butter in pan, add some flour, stir to cook and slowly add milk. Stir to prevent lumps. Season with salt to taste or in my recipe i just drop a pork bouillon cube to add more flavor. You may add some cream too for that creamier texture. Bring it to boil with constant stirring to make it even more glossy.

For the ground meat. I usually buy a combination of pork and beef. Based on my own experience, purely ground beef results to an oilier meat sauce. Put ground meat on pan, add some salt, chopped garlic and onion. When cooked, stir in store bought spaghetti sauce. Give it a dash of italian seasoning, some salt if needed and a little sugar to balance acidity. Simmer and set aside.

For layering. Just alternate white sauce and ground meat on a baking pan adding some mozzarella if you want an ooey-gooey lasagna but quick melt cheese will do just fine. I bake it for about 40 minutes with the pan covered in foil at first to prevent burnt cheese topping then i remove the foil covering and bake it just a little more time until the topping has a golden glaze. (Tip: To test if your pasta is cooked, just pierce it with a toothpick or a chopstick and you will know and feel if it’s done.)

Cool… serve… and enjoy! Best paired with toasted french bread with garlic parsley butter spread.

Boots: Mom… did you just say LASAGNA?
Mom: Yuppp! Oh! I thought you’ve just eaten ’cause you still have food stains on your mouth, hahaha… 

fun things to do on a rainy day

I love rainy days. While some people hates it, i do find it relaxing. Besides it is an excuse for staying longer in bed. But why is it that sometimes we feel sad when it rains? Must be the effects of the sound of the rain as it trickle on the window, or the gloomy surroundings that the dark clouds bring. But for me, rain only means one thing…. FUN and FOOD.

So, to set the mood up, here are the things that i usually do on a rainy day.

  • cook a favorite dish …

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“I just pan seared porkchops which i seasoned with mixed herbs and sea salt. in oil and butter till golden brown on both sides and finished cooking them in the oven. Result: moist porchops, fork tender and so delish… “

  • listen or watch the rain as it falls.. not only it is mesmerizing but also relaxing
  • eat comfort food.. sweets or desserts are on my number one list

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“Just add milk. or in this case oats milk to a bowl of chickpeas… ah so divine…” 

  • watch my kitties as they curl up in a ball to stay warm, or just groom each other.

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“Lickety-lickety lick… Kuting is definitely loving it.”

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“cute kitty puddle… “

  • take photos of raindrops on flowers .. yes, doing this all the time.
  • dance under the rain.. no age limit, just have fun doing it.
  • read magazines over a cup of hot coffee
  • or maybe all of the above…

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“Hey Tiger, wait for me… i will take a nap too.. gotta get our fleece blanket first.”

Cool weather plus comfort food plus the simple luxury of the softness of my couch plus the warmth of my nap buddy Tiger equals pure bliss. Happy Sunday!

photo/s of the day: mango crepes

Luscious and succulent mango slices, creamy soft ice cream, fresh whipped cream, sweet mango sauce, soft thin crepes, a cherry on top and voila! the ultimate comfort food fit for a queen.

mango crepes @ UCC

mango crepes @ UCC

Well, that’s the quick fix which is heading to UCC to satisfy my sweet cravings but when i’m really in the mood for cooking, i make my own.

my own version of mango crepe

Wishing everyone a sweet day 🙂

cheezy tater tots

I’ve had some frozen tater tots sitting inside my freezer for quite sometime now and here’s what i did to make it super delectable and yummy.

Good thing that all the ingredients are readily available in my fridge and pantry.

  • ground pork
  • cheddar cheese (grated)
  • mozarella cheese (grated)
  • cheese sauce
  • bell pepper (diced)
  • onion (diced)
  • garlic (finely diced)
  • cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat some oil in the pan, toss in the garlic followed by the onion, diced bell pepper and then the ground pork.  Season it with a little salt and some ground pepper.  Just let it cook for a while then add cream and cheese sauce plus the grated cheddar cheese.

In a rectangular baking pan, arrange a layer of tater tots then add some of the ground meat mixture, top with some grated cheddar and mozarella cheese.  Repeat procedure for the 2nd layer.   Cover the baking pan with foil and bake at 350 degrees.  After about an hour bake again uncovered for a few minutes more to make the cheese topping melt as well as give it a slight brown texture.

I was delighted about the outcome since my kids really loved it.

Sharing with you some photos of my creation.

cheezy tater tots

cheezy tater tots

cheezy tater tots